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In this vividly illustrated children's book, a bored pug teaches his busy owner a thing or two about what's really important.

Ollie is a real-life Pug whose impish charm and resilience are an inspiration to all who have come into contact with him.  I'm hoping to share his story by publishing a series of vividly-illustrated children's books.  The first is called "Not Now, Ollie."

Ollie's puppyhood was marked by serious illness - pneumonia nearly claimed his life.  The prognosis wasn't good and I couldn't afford his expensive treatment. What I did have was time; I was home tending to my own health. And I was determined to keep him alive.  As Ollie grew stronger, so did I.

The little man's transformation from sickly pug (just look at this picture) to high-energy pug-rocket was a thing to behold.  Ollie had an amazing energy and lived completely in the moment, as most dogs do.  As a human, I had a slightly harder time with that.

In sharing Ollie's story, I will create a curriculum guide for teachers as well.  I hope to make this the first in a series of books about Ollie's adventures. 

My fundraising goal of $5,000.00 is to cover the cost of printing 100 copies of the book, including graphic design and shipping costs. 

Please support the book and help me share Ollie's amazing story!

That look gets me every time :)

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    KIBBLE LEVEL Three original Ollie stickers as well as exclusive access to the project blog.

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    GOURMET BISCUIT LEVEL A handmade mini Pug notebook, five Ollie stickers and exclusive blog access.

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    MEAT BONE LEVEL - GET THE BOOK! A copy of the book with your name printed in the credits, three Ollie stickers and exclusive blog access.

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    PEANUT BUTTER LEVEL - BOOK & TOTE A copy of the book with your name printed in the credits, an Ollie tote bag, three Ollie stickers and exclusive blog access.

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    WE'RE GOING FOR A WALK! An autographed copy of the book with your name in the credits, an Ollie tote bag, a plush Ollie doll, an Ollie notebook, three Ollie stickers and exclusive blog access.

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    WE'RE GOING IN THE CAR! A limited-edition print from the book, an autographed copy of the book with your name in the credits, three Ollie stickers and exclusive blog access.

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    WE'RE GOING TO THE DOG PARK! A custom-designed Ollie-style illustration from a photo of a human and pet of your choice.

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    PUG PARTY! I will come to your school or library and do a reading of "Not Now, Ollie!" (please live within 30 miles of New York City).

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    NOTORIOUS P.U.G. I will dedicate the book to you and send you five copies.

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